Orange FUNiture

Earlier this spring, Courtney took me to Charlottesville for my birthday. Rather than taking 29 straight down, we took the scenic route through Fredericksburg and Orange County. I love driving that way, reminiscing about my time in college and the drives I would take with my friend Lulu up to Fredericksburg. There are always lots of yard sales along the Constitution Route. We weren’t planning a stop, but a chair caught my eye along the side of the road. I’d been wanting to find or create retro lawn furniture for a while and this was just what I was looking for. This was what inspired me initially but I would never pay that price for it. C got the chair for $10. We made out like bandits!

To start, we sanded the chair using sandpaper and a wire brush. We left it a little rough so it would keep its antiquey look. Then, we had to find an open space near my apartment. It’s difficult to do messy DIY projects like this in an apartment complex… no room!

We took turns spraying and critiquing each other’s painting skills until it was covered.

We let it dry for a little over an hour before carefully moving it up to my porch to finish drying.

I bought a cushion on sale at Target. I think the neutral cushion balances the bright orange just enough.

Crowded but cozy balcony. 🙂 It was a great project for a long weekend when we had a little extra time.


Coffee Table Books

I’ve recently started acquiring a number of fun coffee table books.  It’s nice to have something out that is interesting to flip through and pretty to display.

I usually have a few magazines like Southern Living and Martha Stewart (Courtney’s Roommate Rob mysteriously gets Martha, so he gives it to me) plus Carolyn always has cool ones like the Washingtonian and the Philadelphia magazine. Carolyn subscribes to the Sunday Times and I get the weekend Post (mostly for the coupons!!), so we usually have some of those scattered about as well.

Bear got me the Perfectly Imperfect Home for my Birthday! Gracias, Beary!

C recently gave me Kinfolk. I love the short stories and photos. It’s beautiful and inspiring.

I love this book and I was so happy when they released the Special Edition magazine recently.

This is a neat little book filled with images that play on the differences between Paris and New York. It’s playful and artfully done. You can check out the blog that it’s based on here.

I’m still figuring our exactly how I’d like to display these without just adding clutter, but I really like what I have so far.